Grosses

'American Sniper' Easily Retains First Place with $10.02 Million Friday; 'Project Almanac' Pulls $3.2 MillionJanuary 31, 2015 03:20 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports that American Sniper easily led Friday's box office for a third consecutive week, adding an estimated $10.02 million to its blockbuster haul. That figure is down 45 percent from last Friday and brings the film's total up to $227.1 million through 15 days of wide release -- on par with the pace of The Passion of the Christ and 53 percent ahead of where Gravity stood at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $30.5 million Super Bowl weekend take.

Paramount's Project Almanac debuted to $3.2 million on Friday. Unfortunately, that falls short of even conservative expectations heading into the weekend. The modestly budgeted (estimated $12 million production) found-footage thriller should land around $8.2 million for its opening weekend.

Black or White debuted to $2.27 million yesterday. Unfortunately, the pic had the disadvantage of opening in a market already featuring Selma as the primary option for moviegoers looking for a drama tackling racial subject matter. BoxOffice projects a $6.1 million debut weekend.

The Boy Next Door was off 63 percent from last week to $2.1 million on Friday. With $20.7 million in the bank through 8 days of release, look for a sophomore frame around $6.0 million.

Paddington took in another $1.94 million on Friday for a 25.5 percent week-to-week drop. With $44 million in the bank, BoxOffice projects an $8 million frame.

The Imitation Game added $1.61 million yesterday, down just 16 percent from last Friday and boosting its total to $64.4 million. BoxOffice projects a $5.3 million weekend.

Meanwhile, The Loft bowed to $1.18 million yesterday. With a late release announcement and very little marketing push, the film was not expected to make a big splash at the box office. BoxOffice projects a $3 million weekend.

Last but certainly not least, Game of Thrones: The IMAX Experience grabbed a strong $686,000 from 205 IMAX locations, giving it a $3,348 per-screen average. As the first television series ever released in the premium format, fans had been driving strong pre-sales over the last few weeks. Comparisons are few and far between, but look for a weekend in the neighborhood of $1.3 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Jan. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$9,589,537-41%3,141-144$3,053$552,102,3656Fox
2Legion$3,725,036-47%2,476--$1,504$17,501,6251Sony / Screen Gems
3The Tooth Fairy$3,714,133-45%3,344--$1,111$14,010,4091Fox
4The Book of Eli$3,298,770-56%3,1110$1,060$60,735,6862Warner Bros.
5The Lovely Bones$1,927,685-51%2,5718$750$31,242,3127Paramount / DreamWorks
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$1,765,698-46%2,973-323$594$204,295,9795Fox
7Sherlock Holmes$1,361,820-59%2,670-503$510$191,076,8525Warner Bros.
8The Spy Next Door$1,312,833-41%2,9240$449$18,544,6392Lionsgate
9It's Complicated$1,254,045-56%2,301-369$545$98,270,0855Universal
10Extraordinary Measures$1,153,061-59%2,545--$453$6,012,5941CBS Films